Hulu’s limited series The Act is truly a horror show in many ways, the story of an obsessive mother suffering from Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy, taking her daughter through hell as she makes up all sorts of illnesses and maladies. It is all based on the true and startling story of Dee Dee Blanchard, played by Patricia Arquette, and her housebound young daughter Gypsy Rose, played by Joey King.
At Deadline’s fourth annual The Contenders Emmys event at Paramount Studios, Arquette and King were joined by executive producers/co-showrunners/co-writers Nick Antosca and Michelle Dean on the show’s panel in front of a packed house of Emmy voters. Dean was the reason the show was made in the first place, since she wrote the original article detailing the story including her prison interviews with Gypsy.
Dean reveals the horrifying lengths to which Dee Dee would go to basically smother her daughter. Arquette talks about, hard as it was, the need for her to find empathy for Dee Dee in order to play her, to understand that if Gypsy didn’t exist, Dee Dee would be nothing. It is an extraordinary true tale, but one that takes twists and turns even if you know the outcome going in.
Check out the conversation in the video above.
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